WHAT YOU CAN DO:
WRITE A SHORT, ORIGINAL LETTER TO THE EPA opposing their proposed new low standard for highway motorcycles by.
Here are a few discussion points to be emphasized:
- The emissions inventory for motorcycles has been exaggerated. Motorcycles emit less than 1% of all mobile source emissions by the EPA's own figures. It is critical that the inventory be scientifically verified. The EPA has based its inventory on inflated in-use emissions totals and unrealistically high annual mileage amounts.
- When the emission inventory is adjusted more realistically lower, then there is little or NO justification for establishing such restrictive standards that may destroy motorcycling with no appreciable pollution reduction. Certainly not in relation to the cost.
- Small manufacturers, including custom shops, will be discouraged from trying to meet those new restrictive standards, therefore reducing our selection of motorcycle buying options.
- The EPA MUST NOT propose a federal standard based on a state standard (California) that has not even gone into effect yet and is still subject to feasibility studies years from now.
- The EPA staff estimates for the increase in costs is unreasonably low. It will cost much more than estimated for the required smog equipment, making transportation alternatives to motorcycles much more attractive. Motorcycles are, first and foremost, transportation modes for which an operator's license is required, and NOT recreational vehicles. The choice to purchase a motorcycle for basic transportation must be compared with other vehicles when they become as expensive as cars or trucks because of costly, and unnecessary, smog equipment.
- IMPORTANT: In your letter, refer to Docket A-2002-02, the EPA's NPR on "Control Of Emissions From Spark Ignition Marine Vessels And Highway Motorcycles."
WRITE EMAIL OR FAX YOUR COMMENTS TO:
- Margaret Borushko
U.S. EPA, National Vehicle & Fuel Emissions Laboratory
Ann Arbor, MI 48105
COMMENT DEADLINE: 1/7/03
Portions of text from: Easyriders Magazine & AMA Newsletter